Native Memory Diagnostic Tools for Visual Studio “14” CTP

In Update 2 for Visual Studio 2013, memory diagnostic tools were added for Windows Store and Windows Phone that enable developers to monitor live memory consumption and take heap snapshots of their applications for further analysis.  The Visual Studio team is extending the existing tools to work for Windows Desktop applications in the next major… Read more

Improved exception reporting for C++ Windows Store Apps in Visual Studio 2013

Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 come with improvements for exception reporting in the platform and the debugger which will make it easier for native Windows Store App developers to diagnose errors in their applications. In this post, I’ll discuss a few of those improvements that are available in Visual Studio 2013 and show the… Read more

Using Visual Studio 2013 to write maintainable native visualizations (natvis)

In Visual Studio 2012 we introduced the ability to create visualizations for native types using natvis files.  Visual Studio 2013 contains several improvements that make it easier to author visualizations for classes that internally make use of collections to store items.   In this blog post I’ll show an example scenario that we wanted to improve, show… Read more

Using the 2013 CPU Sampling Profiler to Understand C++ Compiler Optimizations

If you’ve ever profiled an optimized build of a C++ application there is a good chance that you looked at the profiling report and saw some functions missing that you expected to be present so you had to assume that they had been inlined but couldn’t be certain. Likewise, if you’ve ever tried to improve… Read more